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Educational institutions on high alert

Lahore, March 10, 2008: Apprehending threat of terrorist activities in the educational institutions and calling for a high alert to combat any such threat, the government has asked heads of educational institutions to beef up security arrangements by deploying security personnel and installing necessary gadgets at the entry points.

A circular issued by the Punjab education department to heads of all schools, colleges and universities, has pointed out with attribution to reliable sources in the intelligence that there is likelihood of terrorists action in the coming days in which public functionaries are to be targeted.
The situation demands high alert. The EDO (Education), DEO colleges, principals and headmasters have been directed to beef up security and make foolproof arrangements to ensure security at schools, colleges, hostels etc by deploying security guards besides installing walkthrough gates, and conducting strict checking through metal detectors and vigilance on entry points.

They have also been advised to finalise security plans in consultation with DPOs (SSPs) concerned in all districts.

The heads of institutions have been advised to meet the expenditure on security plans from the contingency funds of the respective schools and colleges. They have also been advised to ensure immediate compliance of the instructions.

Following the directive, the heads of institutions have started recruiting security personnel and purchasing necessary equipment, uniforms, metal detectors and walkthrough gates.

The directive has created a sort of panic among quarters concerned who have immediately made stopgap arrangements on Saturday by alerting their watchmen and gatekeepers.

They have also closed the rear gates and small entry points. The circular has also concerned to the parents of students. The Nation

Universities arrange extracurricular activities
Lahore: Extra curricular activities play a vital role in character building and personality development of students by providing them opportunities to exhibit and polish their hidden talent.

During the last week, students from different universities of the City as well as from across the country and from India took part in various extra curricular activities in three different events organized by three different universities of the provincial metropolis.

The Punjab University College of Arts & Design (PUCAD) was the first one which came up with its second five-day Inter-Universities Performing Arts Festival (IUPAF-2008) started on 1 March in which dramatic teams from over ten different universities participated and mesmerized the audience by their wonderful performances.

The Government College University (GCU) organized its second weeklong Indo-Pak Drama Festival 2008 starting from March 3 in which dramatic teams from universities of the country as well as from India participated and presented enthralling performances.

The five-day LUMS Olympiad 2008, featuring various competitions among the students of different schools, colleges and universities across the country, was organized by the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).

All the events provided opportunities to the budding student-artists to exhibit their talent and to learn further besides knowing the importance of team-work and collective efforts. However, some students and teachers were also critical of lack of coordination among universities, saying all the events were organized almost simultaneously, giving a bit tough time to participating students as well as to all those who wanted to attend these events.

They claimed that maximum learning and entertainment for students would have been possible provided there was coordination among the universities in organizing these events.

Nevertheless, academic circles viewed these entertaining and academic events as a wave of fresh air amid news of suicide bomb blasts and prevailing socio-political uncertainty and urged for regular arrangements of such events.

PUASA flays blasphemous caricatures
General body meeting of the Punjab University's Academic Staff Association (PUASA) was held last week in which republication of sacrilegious caricatures by some Danish newspapers was condemned. The meeting, chaired by PUASA president Dr Mumtaz Ahmad Salik, expressed its resentment over the offensive act and passed a unanimous resolution, condemning the republication of blasphemous cartoons. PUASA general body urged the Muslim Ummah to express their resentment over the blasphemous move besides demanding the government end diplomatic ties with the countries where newspapers published such sacrilegious caricatures. The News

Quality enhancement cells to meet at PU on 12th
Lahore: The 10th three-day meeting of quality enhancement cells, established in 30 public/private sector universities of the country, will be held at the Punjab University's (PU) Institute of Quality and Technology Management (IQTM) from March 12 to 14.

According to press release issued on Sunday, representatives of participant universities will present a progress report on the quality enhancement cells of their respective universities. PU Quality Enhancement Cell Director Dr Niaz Ahmad will coordinate the meeting. PU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Mujahid Kamran will be the chief guest.

The meeting will discuss the establishment of the quality enhancement cells secretariat at each university, outcome of the evaluation of the education model developed, steps taken to overcome the deficiencies, status of the self-assessment exercise in various universities and faculty awareness and cooperation on quality assurance issues. Daily Times

University of Sargodha accreditation
Sargodha: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has accredited the University of Sargodha and its law degree.

A decision in this regard was taken at a PBC meeting in Karachi on Dec 14. According to the notification dated Feb 13, a PBC committee considered the matter at length and decided to recognise the university and its law degree with effect from March 16, 2006.

The PBC also announced that any person who appeared in the university's LLB examination after March 16, 2006 and passed it would be entitled to enrolment as a lawyer with any of the PBC's provincial bar councils. Dawn

Punjab Board of Technical Education Diploma result
Lahore: The result of Diploma of Associate Engineer/ Dress Making/ Mining Second Annual Examination 2007, conducted by Punjab Board of Technical Education, has been announced. The total students appeared in the first year were 22343 out of whom 7680 had passed the exams. The passing percentage remained 34.37. Similarly, total students appeared in the second year were 12633 out of whom 4653 had passed, and the passing percentage remained 36.83 per cent. In third year, total students appeared in the exam were 5358 out of whom 2327 had passed while the percentage remained 43.43 per cent. The News

FCCU holds alumni reunion
Lahore: The annual reunion of alumni was held at Forman Christian College University (FCCU) on Saturday.

A large number of Formanites attended the function. Caretaker Prime Minister Muhammadmian Soomro was the chief guest, but he did not show up. Later, Tariq Aziz, Personal Secretary to President Pervez Musharraf, chaired the function.

FCC Principal Dr Peter H Armacost said, "It is a privilege to welcome our alumni at the reunion. We look forward to the opportunity for you to rekindle old memories and review friendships."

Formanites Alumni Association President Ahmed Saeed said, "I am pleased that in less than five years my alma mater has made major strides."

Seminar: A seminar was held on campus in which a large number of FCCU students participated. The participants discussed students' problems and a number of ongoing development projects on campus. Daily Times
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